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Texas school shooter lived in Uvalde: What we know about gunman, motive and how weapons were obtained

Texas school shooter lived in Uvalde: What we know about gunman, motive and how weapons were obtained


Texas noticed its deadliest school shooting in modern state history Tuesday as particulars start to emerge after an alleged gunman reportedly killed at least 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

Throughout a information convention, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott identified the assailant as Salvador Ramos, 18, and mentioned he was a resident of the closely Latino neighborhood about 85 miles west of San Antonio. The governor mentioned Ramos walked into Robb Elementary College in Uvalde round 11:30 a.m. Central time and opened hearth.

USA TODAY has determined to not present a picture of the suspect however is offering common particulars in regards to the alleged shooter to tell how mass assaults are sometimes deliberate and carried out, notably with respect to how weapons and targets are chosen. These particulars give authorities and the general public info that would assist residents spot future mass shooters and even forestall them.

Tuesday’s bloodbath was the deadliest capturing at a U.S. grade college since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, nearly a decade in the past. The Texas capturing comes simply 10 days after a gunman in body armor killed 10 Black shoppers and workers at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, in what authorities say was a racist assault.

This is what we find out about Tuesday’s lethal capturing:

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Alleged gunman ‘reported to have been a pupil’ at native highschool

The alleged attacker was “reported to have been a pupil” at Uvalde Excessive College, Abbott mentioned on the information convention Tuesday.

The highschool, a part of the identical college district as Robb Elementary the place the capturing came about, enrolls about 1,100 college students, according to the school district. 91% of scholars within the district are Hispanic, and nearly 80% are economically deprived, the district mentioned.

Uvalde is dwelling to about 16,000 individuals, about 85 miles west of San Antonio and 75 miles from the Mexican border. About 82% of town’s inhabitants is Latino, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. 

Abbott mentioned the alleged gunman was a Uvalde native and a U.S. citizen.

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How had been the weapons obtained?

The gunman allegedly legally bought two assault rifles at an area gun retailer, Democratic Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez advised USA TODAY.

“It was the very first thing he did when he turned 18,” he mentioned on CNN, citing a briefing from Texas Rangers. 

The 2 rifles had been bought on two separate dates, Might 17 and Might 20, and one was discovered within the gunman’s truck whereas the opposite was within the college, in keeping with a briefing state Sen. John Whitmire mentioned he acquired. 

The gunman additionally bought 375 rounds of 5.56 ammunition, and what seems to be seven 30-round magazines had been contained in the college, in keeping with Whitmire. A backpack with a number of magazines of ammunition close to the doorway of the college was additionally discovered, in keeping with Whitmire.

Abbott mentioned earlier within the day that the shooter had a handgun and probably a rifle.

The shooter was carrying a plate provider however not ballistic armor, in keeping with Whitmire. Earlier reviews mentioned he was carrying physique armor.

Gutierrez, who mentioned he had been briefed by state police, mentioned the gunman posted on social media earlier than the assault and hinted it could possibly be coming. He mentioned the gunman “advised the children ought to be careful,” and that he had purchased two “assault weapons.”

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Officers say the gunman acted alone

Ramos allegedly crashed right into a ditch close to the college earlier than the capturing, Texas Division of Public Security Sergeant Erick Estrada mentioned Tuesday night on CNN. He was confronted by legislation enforcement when he tried to enter the college with a rifle, Estrada mentioned, however was capable of enter via the south door of the constructing.

Police weren’t pursuing the gunman earlier than he crashed, and the primary info legislation enforcement acquired in regards to the incident was a caller reporting the crash and a person exiting the car with a gun, in keeping with Whitmire.

Lt. Christopher Olivarez of the Texas Division of Public Security advised CNN all the kids and academics who died had been inside a single classroom the place the shooter barricaded himself.

A U.S. Border Safety agent, considered one of a number of responding to the scene, shot and killed the gunman, a senior Division of Homeland Safety official advised USA TODAY. The agent was shot within the foot or decrease leg when confronting the gunman, and was handled an area hospital for his accidents, the DHS official mentioned.

The college district’s police chief, Pete Arredondo, mentioned the alleged gunman acted alone.

The gunman additionally allegedly shot his grandmother earlier than going to the college, Gutierrez advised USA TODAY. The lady, in keeping with Gutierrez, was being handled for her accidents whereas being transported to a hospital in San Antonio.

Motive stays unclear

Officers haven’t revealed a motive for the capturing.

Gutierrez advised USA TODAY he was unaware that the alleged gunman had been recognized to legislation enforcement previous to the assault.

“This can be a quiet, stunning neighborhood made up of hardworking individuals,” Gutierrez mentioned, referring to the small city on the sting of the Texas Hill Nation. “This can be a tragedy.”

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Contributing: N’dea Yancey-Bragg, Trevor Hughes, Chris Kenning, Kevin McCoy, Josh Meyer and Sarah Eames, USA TODAY; Tony Plohetski, Austin American-Statesman; The Related Press

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